THE PARTY OF LINCOLN  2:50 pm July 27, 2012

FL Republican Crook Tells All About Efforts To Suppress Black Vote

by Jim Newell

ScrewedDo you trust a former Republican muck-a-muck who’s now in a hot legal lava pool and scorned by fellow members of his party when he starts trashing his ex-colleagues? Sure, we do! Here’s delightful former party chairman Jim Greer, in a deposition recorded in late May: “I was upset because the political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting.” Ha ha, sure, that must have really upset him, before he was kicked out and indicted on corruption charges. Nevertheless, he denounces the “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies” who have taken complete control of his political party, so let’s offer him the platform for a full explanation.

See, here is why we probably shouldn’t lionize this dick:

In a deposition Jim Greer gave as part of his lawsuit against the party, Greer portrays himself as a victim of a conspiracy against him while painting a picture of a party in turmoil that’s marred by loose ethics. But a secret tape released as part of the criminal investigation also shows Greer was worried about what party leaders knew about Victory Strategies, a company he and his executive director formed to pay themselves 10 percent of major party donations.

He was fine with all of these lunatics, see, when he was able to skim off some o’ that crazy people money for himself. He would tell the crazy parents that they were correct about Obama trying to indoctrinate their children with his address on the opening day of school, and they’d throw money at his party, and he’d steal it.

But anyway, this all sounds completely correct:

“They talked about not letting blacks vote … and minority outreach programs were not fit for the Republican Party,” Greer said.

He also detailed a party in chaos, saying elected leaders tried wrestling control of the party from then-Gov. Charlie Crist while “whack-a-dos” from the party right and tea partiers also tried to grab control. And he portrayed himself as getting caught in the middle as he stayed loyal to Crist

“The wing of the party that does not agree with Charlie Crist considered me a moderate chairman,” Greer said. “As was commonly referred to them, the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers. As Dean Cannon said to me one time, the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”

[AP]

 

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{ 86 comments }

worrytron July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

This guy will be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie.

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

He has a purty mouf.

vasty_derp July 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

It's crooked.

Terry July 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Especially that massive cold sore on the middle of his upper lip.

prommie July 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The new Ned Beatty.

BornInATrailer July 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Or Joe Don Baker.

doloras July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I was just thinking that that guy looked like L. Ron Hubbard.

nounverb911 July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Finally, an honest republican?

mavenmaven July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

naaaa

SayItWithWookies July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

When he's exhausted every alternative.

smokefilledroomba July 27, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Or it shortens his sentence.

Trannysurprise July 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

He was only illegally skimming 10%. That's about as honest as you're gonna get.

Callyson July 27, 2012 at 3:07 pm

These days, that's a contradiction in terms. At least for the Republicans who are active in politics (there are still some decent, if deluded, individuals who are registered with the Republicans, but more and more of them are GTFO as they realize that the inmates took over that asylum ages ago…)

Guppy July 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

The only honest Republican is an indicted Republican.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

As close to an honest Republican as you're going to find in Florida.

ChernobylSoup July 27, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hey, even Satan draws the line at voter suppression.

worrytron July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Say what you will about the tenets of the unholy gospel, at least it's an ethos.

sullivanst July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

No, Carl Rove does not draw the line there.

Biel_ze_Bubba July 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

With a lifetime appointment, I don't need no steenking voters.

mrpuma2u July 27, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I am shocked, shocked to learn of rethuglican voter suppression of minority voting.

FNMA July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Sure, but what about the nail ladies?

Callyson July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Republicans are more about nailing dudes, for the most part.

Jus_Wonderin July 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

"But my college kid, the baby sitters, the nails ladies — everybody who's got the right to vote — they don't understand what's going on. I just think if you're lower income — one, you're not as educated, two, they don't understand how it works, they don't understand how the systems work, they don't understand the impact."

widestanceromance July 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Votes Have Consequences, the new bestseller.

Designer_Rants July 28, 2012 at 12:58 am

They just don't get it.

johnnymeatworth July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

"Here's to the whack-a-dos, the crazies, the right wingers…."

Think different indeed.

Jus_Wonderin July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Are those the new Girl Scout Cookie offerings? Yummmmm.

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Just don't order the Tea Baggers.

Whatever you do.

Seriously. You don't want to know.

Baconzgood July 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Corrupt Republican suppressing votes? Who'da thunk it?

ChernobylSoup July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

"After we close the clinics for the poor, we'll focus our efforts on skimming donations made to the party."

"Good, good. I like what I'm hearing. Then what?"

"We're embarking on a plan that will keep blacks from voting."

"Get out!"

memzilla July 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm

He's just mad that he never got the Glengarry leads before someone else stole them first.

Jus_Wonderin July 27, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Is he the original "No Neck Monsta".

ChernobylSoup July 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Their fat little heads sit on their fat little bodies without a bit of connection… You can't wring their necks if they got no necks to wring. Isn't that right, honey?

Come here a minute July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

More like whack-a-DON'T.

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Loose ethics?

Their ethics are looser than the bowels in a dysentery ward.

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I'm sort of glad he stole the contributions to the party by those parents.

Take what ye can! Gi'e nothing back! ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

mavenmaven July 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

How did he bruise his lips like that?

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

DADT, man.

worrytron July 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I think it's a 'cold'

prommie July 27, 2012 at 3:59 pm

What is "penis," Alex.

Nostrildamus July 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Upset about voter suppression = RINO

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I thought it = illegal Mexican/Muslim Terrorist Taking Away Our Freedom!!!

MissTaken July 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm

So he was A-Ok with the voter suppression of minorities until they wanted to take away his 10% skim of the donations. Sounds like a swell guy!

Chet Kincaid July 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm

10% Skim Graft is much healthier than Full-Fat Corruption!

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

But not as healthy as the soy graft alternatives.

Chet Kincaid July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Don't forget to bribe your waitress! Try the venal!

SorosBot July 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Isn't "Republican crook" redundant?

Jus_Wonderin July 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I think gramatically, the descriptor "Republican" is added to prop up the much weaker term "crook". Totally acceptable in efforts to hone a phrase when one word just doesn't have the impact.

Here's another example: Conservative insanity

Blueb4sinrise July 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

BBC Olympic Update

An hour to go now before the start of the ceremony and we have animals! It's a veritable Old Macdonald's scene: there are geese, cows, goats and a horse-drawn cart.

MissTaken July 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I didn't know the Palins were going to be there.

superdave July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

UR MEAN!

actor212 July 27, 2012 at 3:09 pm

There are supposed to be hobbits, dammit!

bureaucrap July 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Old McDonald and animals courtesy of European Infrastructure for Education for International Olympiad (EIEIO).

Guppy July 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

So Romney's having his private GOP fundraiser after all?

SayItWithWookies July 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Hey, did you know the Fourteenth Amendment provides for reducing the representative power of states that disenfranchise their voters?

But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

It has never been enforced, but it might be a good time to start — Texas, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, are you listening?

vasty_derp July 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

You are quite the constitutional scholar SIWW!

This is especially interesting when you consider that many of these voter-suppression states are retirement havens whose voter rolls are- I'm just guessing here, but it's an educated guess- adding at least as many older voters as younger ones…

Blueb4sinrise July 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Likeee.

chicken_thief July 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Damn. Come here for the snark and actually walk away with some useful information. Will wonders never cease?

bibliotequetress July 27, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I love it when the Constitution makes my nipples hard! I am sooooo very much starting a petition this weekend!

Biel_ze_Bubba July 27, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Now that's interesting … "in any way abridged" is mighty broad language. I'd argue it even covers "inadvertent" abridgement by pain-in-the-ass voter ID requirements.

arihaya July 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

except for participation in rebellion, or other crime

you see, there is a reason they keep locking Blah people behind the bars

ibwilliamsi July 27, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Truth be told, any inside information about the wrongdoings of the Retardlican Party is going to come from a person under criminal investigation. There just aren't any honest ones who have knowledge of the crimes against voters that these people are perpetrating.

FakaktaSouth July 27, 2012 at 3:14 pm

the people that want to destroy our Party are trying to take it over.”

I swear I am not now, and have never been an operative of the Florida Republicans – but I can always play crazy for a good cause. I'm in for the destroying.

prommie July 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I get the impression that kinda talk among the republicans is common. I suppose its common in any completely, utterly fraudulent organization, like Amway, or Scientology, for example, in which a small group of cynical manipulators is grifting off a larger group of stupid, crazy, or gullible rubes. Last thing they want is for the crazies to take over, that would "destroy" the organization, by which they mean their grifting operation.

FakaktaSouth July 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Far be it from me to ever get all Biblical or anything – but, you reap what you sow motherfuckers. You court crazy, wanna win crazy, do anything with anyone to support that nasty shit you do to keep getting the crazy vote? You get what you deserve. Nothing I like better than to watch these people eat their own – NOTHING.

Blunderthing July 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

"I hear tell you're doing swell, good things have come to you/ I wish I had your good luck charm and you had a doo-wacka-doo wacka doo wacka doo wacka doo wacka doo…."–Roger Miller "Doo-Whacka-Doo"

CrunchyKnee July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I will do my first shot to you this afternoon, ma'am or sir. Anyone who quotes Roger Miller is all right.

smokefilledroomba July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Typical 'you're gonna go down with me' shit. Nice that he at least mentioned voter suppression–I mean he didn't have to, right?

Antispandex July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

So…sort of the Joe Valachi of Gatorpublicans?

CrunchyKnee July 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Skimming 10% from republican party insanity loyalists is the only patriotic thing to do. They have cash, I mean shit, they get their Hoverounds on the tax payer dime at the very least.

Lionel[redacted]Esq July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Strange how all those laws Republicans say are there to prevent illegal Mexicans like John McCain, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio from voting just end up keeping legal Blacks and Hispanics from voting. No one can explain that.

RadioBowels July 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

It's still Obama and Holder's fault.

Toomush_Infer July 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm

The avaricious beast sticks its trunk up its own asshole and….2012!!!!….

SexySmurf July 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

OT Here's a heartwarming story about the time Mittens tried to tip a barrista with his backwash.

viennawoods13 July 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

THAT is just crazy. And should be distributed widely.

coolhandnuke July 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

His eyes in the photo are freaking me out… everywhere I go in the room they follow me staring at my wallet.

sullivanst July 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm

the people that want to destroy our Partycountry are trying to take it over.

Hello, Mittens!

elgin_pelican July 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

"Gasp! The phone calls are coming from *within the party."*

chicken_thief July 27, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Slightly OT, but he was never even close to being the ball player that his dad, Hal, was.

pinkocommi July 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Rethugilican disenfranchisement of blah voters in Florida is ALMOST as well-kept a secret as Charlie Crist being gay.

calliecallie July 27, 2012 at 4:14 pm

"a party in turmoil that’s marred by loose ethics…"

If I didn't know better, that would sound kind of like Spring Break in Ft. Lauderdale.

ttommyunger July 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

The Right is always guilty of overreach, the left is famous for not reaching at all and both are too sorry to give a reach-around: a pox on both Houses.

Not_So_Much July 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Holy fuckballs Batman! I always thought 'pig-faced' was just an insult. I didn't know it was a real "thing".

Biel_ze_Bubba July 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

"Marred by loose ethics." Right. And the Titanic was dented by an iceberg.

Arkoday July 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

In other gnus: Florida reaches milestone of 1 million concealed carry permits. Methinks this dude is in some serious shit now.

valthemus July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am

Does he know Allen West is a negro? Someone break the news to him. Be sure to get it on video… I'm hoping he'll cry.

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